Review: Seedlip Garden 108 / by Jason Hambrey

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Distilled peas, English herbs, and hay
Distiller Seedlip (UK)

I’ve been very excited to see these come to the market - nonalcoholic, distilled “spirits” packed with flavor which opens up another dimension to mocktails - one of my personal biggest challenges as I’ve bartended parties and private events in the past.

Seedlip has lead the way forward in this dimension. I first discovered them at a terrific cocktail bar in Sydney. They are made to be mixed and have gin as the closest alcoholic analogy. They are packed with flavor, and really shine in cocktails.

Seedlip makes their non-alcoholic spirits by macerating, distilling, filtering, and blending each component of their blends individually. This one, Garden 108, is made from a mixture of hay, green peas, and herbs - indeed, when you smell it, you can see that “Garden” is a very appropriate descriptor.

These are in the USA and Canada, as well as other parts of the world - in Canada I’ve seen them selling for $30 to $50.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L9136HA8 14:11

  • Bottling Date: 2019

“Garden” is indeed a great description. This is very herbal, but it’s bright – in the way that peas are. It has a slight citrus and spicy edge, but largely this is full of green, green notes – peas, fresh hay, cucumber, bay leaf…perfect for spring mocktails. Quite pea-driven and a touch sour.
It's a bit odd straight up, interesting (seedlip recommends you not drink this straight)– but it shines through in cocktails. The recommended pairing with elderflower tonic is terrific, as are mixes with fruit cordials and pairings with apple. It holds surprising weight in mocktails.

Very refreshing just with some soda.